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XXL‘s Coachella Diary

Day Three was pretty simple. The plan was to take it easy for most of the day, head out to see The Weeknd, link up with Scoop Deville and then watch the Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre set.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 6:29 p.m.
On my way to head to the outdoor stage, I spot Alexandra Govere of The Real World: San Diego.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 6:55 p.m.
The Weeknd takes the stage and these kids are absolutely loving him.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 7:00 p.m.
The entire crowd is seemingly singing along to The Weeknd, but this particular group is inexplicably chanting, “Superman that hoe.”

Sunday April 22, 2012… 7:10 p.m.
The A$AP Mob shows up to watch The Weeknd. Rocky takes the time to take a few flicks with fans.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 7:16 p.m.
Some girl faints and is escorted out by security.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 7:24 p.m.
This dude standing next to me answers his phone and initially speaks loud as if trying to stunt. “There’s a post from Kim,” he says. “‘Ye wants to retweet that.” Dude realizes that he’s doing too much so he walks away to finish the conversation. I would later tell YN what I heard dude say. We check ‘Ye’s timeline and he’s retweeted Kim K. ‘s “money tall like Jordan tweet.” Ha!

Sunday April 22, 2012… 8:28 p.m.
After The Weeknd, I meet up with Ray and we go watch Company Flow at the Gobi stage. Though the crowd is a bit smaller, it’s clearly comprised of die-hards. They’re not disappointed as Co Flow does classics like “The Fire In Which You Burn Slow” and “8 Steps to Perfection.” Byze One and Scoop Deville meet up with me during the set. I catch up with Mr. Len afterwards and reminisce on his run doing Lunchtime With Mr. Len on

Sunday April 22, 2012… 9:40 p.m.
I sit down for an interview with Scoop Deville.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 9:54 p.m.
We bump into Battlecat, who praises Scoop for his recent work.

Sunday April 22, 2012… 10:30 p.m.
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre take the stage. The performance is incredible. They go through all the classics like “Nuthin But a G Thang,” “Deep Cover” and “Gin and Juice,” to name a few, and pay tribute to Nate Dogg with a rendition of “Ain’t No Fun.” The crowd sings Nate’s entire part verbatim. This was beyond stadium status. It was incredible to see so many folks gathered to see Snoop and Dre celebrate their 20 years in the game together. The photo below is a testament to how far I was from the stage, but I was still able to connect with the Cali duo.

I was, however, close enough to see what kind of untypical fans Snoop and Dre attract.

Seeing the ‘Pac hologram was a little creepy as expected. 50 did a good job, but I didn’t see Eminem because we had to head out a bit early to catch our flight. Coachella is nowhere near as hip-hop-centric as South By Southwest has become, but it’s a must for all music lovers. I hope to be back next year. Oh, and I saw Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose at the Los Angeles airport around 5 a.m. Ha!

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